Post by thebrianman on Jun 11, 2014 2:03:14 GMT -5
I've written blog posts for some of the bands I've seen. Thought I would share, along with a quick synopsis.
Neutral Milk Hotel - Been a big fan of these guys for quite a few years now. They put on a good performance but nothing really out of the ordinary. Most of the crowd didn't seem like they were into it at all. I feel like they built up a big level of hype with their first few reunion shows that they were hard pressed to live up to afterward. Hoping to enjoy their Roo show more.
Janelle Monae - fantastic show! The best pure vocalist I have seen live, and there are some neat thematic elements to her show as well. The led her out bound to a dolly, Hannibal Lecter style to open the show. Setlist is pretty Electric Lady heavy, but she moves a lot between soul ballads and upbeat stuff. There was even a costume contest.
Ty Segall - probably the rowdiest show I have been to. Dirty, grimy dive bar rock is what Segall serves up, and it couldn't be more glorious.
Cloud Nothings - their setlist was the full Attack on Memory album and nothing else, which meant their set was short and sweet. But they left an indelible impact in the time they did play. A great, heavy guitar rock show, and their energy flows effortlessly through the crowd.
Deafheaven - epic, energy draining set. Their frontman was kind of weird, but in a good way. Lots of exaggerated hand motions, and he liked to scream right in the faces of people that were close. Of course, they were eating it up. His vocals were barely audible, though.
Willy Mason - saw him open for Laura Marling. He goes for an old school country/folk vibe, something like an old school Johnny Cash. He was alright, but nothing amazing. He did a funny song his dad wrote called Tic Tac Toe, which uses Tic Tac Toe as a sexual metaphor. I liked it way better than any of the songs he actually wrote.
Post by omgitsbonnaroo on May 18, 2015 11:35:38 GMT -5
Dopapod - Saw them briefly at Peach Music Fest a couple years ago - was very impressed. If you like good jam bands, you'll like these guys. Excellent songwriting for their genre, and great guitarist and keyboardist.
Brownout - Hopefully they stick to the Black Sabbath covers - saw them play a 2-set show in which the first set was a generic, boring funk set. 2nd set was pretty awesome, though - and they nail the Sabbath songs - the vocalist really adds a lot, he kills it.
Between the Buried And Me - I'm not a huge fan, although I do like whatever album music I've heard by them. KILLER live - their lead singer has a crazy amount of energy and the band is technically perfect. Saw them open for Dreamtheater - and their drummer kicked Portnoy's ass in a drum duel.
Moon Taxi - pretty awesome little band - way better live than on album. They didn't jam as much as I thought, maybe it was just that night.
Dawes - saw them at Bonnaroo 08 (?) when they played a cafe tent. They were ok, but not at all memorable or special.
Guster - terrible
Alabama Shakes - ok, but wasn't impressed by the band. Brittany Howard is incredibly talented though and is a force to watch on stage. Worth it for her alone and I've heard they've gotten much better live as well, adding a horn section and backup singers I believe.
Ben Harper - have never seen him with the Innocent Criminals, but he is one of my favorite performers to watch - knows how to emotionally connect with an audience, can shred and is a gritty, soulful vocalist. Will be one of the best sets of the weekend.
Medeski, Scofield Martin and Wood - Huge MMW and Sco fan - when I saw them together it was good but not great - played 2 sets, was def hit or miss but the hit parts were worth it. Will def have to check these guys out - MMW really never fail to deliver at Bonnaroo (06 and 09 I believe?)
Deadmau5 - end of his Bonnaroo set - crazy visuals, not really my style, but fun for what it was.
STS9 - They're not my style of jam and they get boring to me after an hour, but I'd like to check out their new bassist. I've heard she's killer. An hour of this before bed on Fri night will probably be perfection.
Gary Clark - have to miss him due to MMJ conflict, but he's badass live - awesome guitarist - similar to Alabama Shakes, his band really isn't very good though, so that holds him back from being a true force IMO. Am really hoping Brittany and Gary join forces to create their own superband lol.
My Morning Jacket - One of the top 3 live bands touring right now (alongside Pearl Jam and Umphrey's McGee.) See them. I mean, I was pumped for Atomic Bomb too, but seriously - don't miss this show.
Mumford & Sons - pretty great live band - they have a great sound and know how to put on a good show. I hate their newest album and wasn't much of a fan of the 2nd either, though.
Bela Fleck - Never with Abigail, but I've seen him solo and with Flecktones. Probably one of the most talented people at this entire festival.
Spoon - Bonnaroo 07 - got to their tent early and The Hold Steady were playing. They completely murdered their set, so the Spoon set was boring in comparison. Left after a few songs. I am generally a fan, but they are sometimes too laid back/boring for me.